Ph.D., German, Tulane University, 1968
Sander L. Gilman is a distinguished professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over eighty books. His Obesity: The Biography appeared with Oxford University Press in 2010; his most recent edited volume, Wagner and Cinema (with Jeongwon Joe) was published in that same year. He is the author of the basic study of the visual stereotyping of the mentally ill, Seeing the Insane, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1982 (reprinted: 1996) as well as the standard study of Jewish Self-Hatred, the title of his Johns Hopkins University Press monograph of 1986. For twenty-five years he was a member of the humanities and medical faculties at Cornell University where he held the Goldwin Smith Professorship of Humane Studies. For six years he held the Henry R. Luce Distinguished Service Professorship of the Liberal Arts in Human Biology at the University of Chicago and for four years was a distinguished professor of the Liberal Arts and Medicine and creator of the Humanities Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During 1990-1991 he served as the Visiting Historical Scholar at the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; 1996-1997 as a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA; 2000-2001 as a Berlin prize fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He has been the Northrop Frye Visiting Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Toronto (Canada); the Old Dominion Fellow in the Department of English at Princeton University; the Visiting B. G. Rudolph Professor of Jewish Studies at Syracuse University; the inaugural Drobny Professor in Jewish Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago; the Nichols Visiting Professor of the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of California, Irvine; the Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of European Comparative Literature at Oxford University; a Hooker Professor at McMaster University (Canada). He has held multi-year appointments as Professor at the Institute in the Humanities, Birkbeck College (UK) and as a Visiting Research Professor at The University of Hong Kong. He also served as a visiting professor at Colgate University, Tulane University, the University of Paderborn (Germany), the Free University of Berlin (Germany), the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), the Ohio State University, the University of Cape Town (South Africa), the University of Potsdam (Germany), the University of British Columbia (Canada), the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), the University of Sussex (UK), University College London (UK), Birkbeck College (UK), The Courtauld Institute of Art (UK), the Ben Gurion University (Israel), the University of Hong Kong (China); and as a Guggenheim Fellow. He was president of the Modern Language Association in 1995. He has been awarded a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) at the University of Toronto in 1997, elected an honorary professor of the Free University in Berlin (2000), and an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (2007).
History of Medicine, History of Psychiatry, Jewish Cultural Studies, Visual Studies, European Comparative Literary Studies, Cultural History
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